Dressing Up and Down

Ahead of London Fashion Week later this month we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite books about clothes old and new.

Worn Stories

Emily Spivack

From the publisher:

Worn Stories collects clothing-inspired personal narratives, providing stories that not only glimpse into someone’s life, but also prompts readers to give a second thought ...

$24.95

The Penguin Knitting Book

James Norbury

From the publisher:

A how-to guide for the experienced knitter as well as the beginner. Full of tips and techniques for the contemporary knitter, it illustrates all things vintage in the world ...

£7.99

Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity

Elizabeth Wilson

From the publisher:

Traces the social and cultural history of fashion and its complex relationship to modernity. This work explores the grunge look inspired by bands like Nirvana, the ‘boho ...

£16.99

A Chapter of Hats: Selected Stories

Machado De Assis, translated by John Gledson

From the publisher:

Translated from the Portuguese by John Gledson ‘Dazzling ... guaranteed to leave most unsuspecting readers eager for more’ Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

£12.99

The Clothes on Their Backs

Linda Grant

From the publisher:

The brilliant new novel by Orange Prize winner, Linda Grant, about the legacies of history, longlisted for the Orange Prize, 2008 and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2008

£8.99